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St. Pete hosts prestigious international sailing race

Bill DeYoung



More than 80 teams, from 14 nations, participated in the J/70 World Championships Oct. 30-Nov. 4. Photos: Hannah Lee Noll.

Sailors from across the globe came together in St. Petersburg last week for the J/70 World Championships. The “Worlds,” as the sailboat race is known among competitors and enthusiasts, was hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Oct. 30 through Nov. 4.

The daily races encompassed 83 teams from 14 nations. Represented were Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the USA.

It was the ninth annual J/70 race, but the first to take place in St. Pete. Mayor Ken Welch spoke at the opening ceremonies Oct. 30. “This global competition is a powerful reminder of our city’s beauty and the allure of our waterfront,” Welch said.

Jody Abrams, Regatta General for the Yacht Club, concurred. “This shows that St. Petersburg, and St. Petersburg Yacht Club, is one of the premier places of sailing in the world,” he said. “It shows that we’re able to provide high-quality sailing with the weather, and the hospitality of the city, and also for our ability to run the races.”

Each team member spends money on accommodations, food, transportation and more, as do the spectators who come to St. Pete for the races.

Introduced in 2012 by Rhode Island-based J Boats, the 22.75-foot J/70 Speedster is described by the company as a “high performance one-design” vessel, with more than 1,500 sailing in more than 14 countries.

Through its J/70 Class Association, J Boats manages a global calendar of events and regattas.

“Currently, the J/70 class is one of the top classes in the world of sailing,” Abrams explained. “Some of the biggest names out there, from professional sailors and boat owners, participated in the events.”

With 54 scored points, Brutus III, from Great Britain, took the championship. The boat’s owner Charlie Thompson, told that St. Petersburg is “one of the most beautiful places to sail in the world. We feel incredibly privileged to be able to race in a fleet against the very best sailors. I’m one of the oldest bowmen in the fleet and now a World Champion!”

The crew of England’s Brutus III celebrating victory.

J/70 World Championships: Final results

Top overall

  1. Brutus III (London, U.K.) 54 points
  2. Midlife Crisis (Long Beach, California) 82
  3. Dark Energy (West Hartford, Connecticut) 108
  4. Savasana (Weston, Massachusetts) 115
  5. Mindset (Salvador, Brazil) 125


  1. 1516 (Cleveland, Ohio) 225
  2. Ducasse (Vichuquen, Chile) 232
  3. RAGNAROK (Cancun, Mexico) 288
  4. Dime (Seattle, Washington) 292
  5. DJ (Thousand Oaks, California) 292


  1. Vamos Sydney, Australia) 146
  2. Eker (Bursa, Turkey) 296
  3. Derecho (Annapolis, Maryland) 315
  4. Spring (Somerville, Massachusetts) 343
  5. Three Musketeers (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 346











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    November 6, 2023at8:28 pm

    Seems like this story should have been published before the event finished.

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    Patrick Ryan

    November 6, 2023at12:59 pm

    Simply amazing

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